Your Guide To Mosquito Control & Prevention

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are parasitic pests that are found living worldwide. Female mosquitoes feed on the blood of animals and humans in order to produce healthy eggs. Mosquitoes have slender bodies, long legs, narrow wings, and extended, tube-like mouthparts (proboscis) they use for feeding. Most mosquitoes are black, dark brown, or black and white in color, but their exact color and color pattern is species-specific.

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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are dangerous pests and pose significant health risks to people. Despite their fragile nature, and our ability to squish them easily with a newspaper, mosquitoes are considered one of the world’s most dangerous pests due to their ability to spread disease. In the United States, mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting West Nile virus, encephalitis, and the Zika virus. In developing and tropical countries they spread disease like malaria, yellow fever, and dengue, which incapacitates or kills millions of people each year. They are also responsible for infecting dogs with potentially fatal parasitic heartworms.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes are seasonal pests, feeding and breeding during the late spring, summer, and early fall months. Mosquitoes breed in standing water, and large populations of these pests are found on properties with sources of standing water like ornamental ponds, marshes, wading pools, drainage ditches, clogged gutters, and containers that collect water. Additionally, both female and male mosquitoes feed on plant nectar and pollen as their main food sources. Properties with a lot of flowering plants and trees on them also attract mosquitoes.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, swarming around areas of standing water or flowering vegetation. Properties with ponds, marshes, swamps, wetlands, flower gardens, or flowering trees tend to have large populations of mosquitoes on them. During the heat of the day, mosquitoes rest in tall grasses, in areas of dense vegetation, along fence lines, under trees, behind tree bark, or underneath decks and porches. While mosquitoes are mostly outdoor pests, they do commonly find their way inside through open windows and doors, or through holes in screens.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

The easiest way to reduce the mosquito populations on your property is with the help of the Philadelphia mosquito control experts. At Resolution Pest, our board-trained, state-certified exterminators deliver the exceptional mosquito control services needed to reduce mosquito numbers on your property. Resolution Pest is committed to using environmentally safe, ethical treatments to solve your mosquito problem and stop their return. To learn more about implementing a residential or commercial pest control service in your Bucks, Chester, Delaware, or Montgomery County-area home or business, call Resolution Pest!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

In addition to our professional services in the Philadelphia metro area, the following tips can help to prevent problems with mosquitoes:

  • Regularly clean out and re-fill wading pools, bird baths, and pet bowls with fresh water.

  • Minimize the amount of flowering vegetation planted near the outside your home.

  • Place weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Keep windows and doors shut as much as possible.

  • Get rid of as much standing water as possible.

  • Repair or replace torn screens on your windows and doors.

  • Repair leaky hoses and fixtures and make sure to maintain gutters.

  • Keep containers that can collect water upside down when not in use.

  • Limit the amount of flowering vegetation on your property, especially any close to your home.

 

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